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The Black Keys’ debut, The Big Come Up, is two tons of pounding electric blues; this follow-up is heavier still. Powered by overdriven amps, reverb, thumping kick drums, and muscular riffs, the Keys offer respect to their blues heroes (particularly R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough) while still sounding like a 21st-century band. Guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney strut and stomp through Thickfreakness like they’re exorcising demons. Auerbach, a bona fide blues howler, sounds possessed, moaning unintelligibly as if mere words can’t convey his feelings. Track after track, the intensity of the fuzzy, distorted guitar hooks never lets up, with the savagely pummeled snare and funky hi-hat fills driving home the point. The grimy lo-fi production, brilliantly handled by Carney, matches the band’s primal power and raw delivery. Tempos sometimes waver and an occasional note is missed, yet such immediacy makes the album actually sound better. Thickfreakness is The Black Keys at their filthiest and most furious.

Customer Reviews


You will never forget the moment you first heard the track thickfreakness! One of my fav albums ever!!


Heard ten seconds from the album playing at an HMV record shop many years ago. Went in and asked who was playing and bought the album straight away. Just fantastic and don't forget to crank up the volume

Thickfreakness by the Black Keys

This Album is Awesome!!!!!!


Formed: 2001 in Akron, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

It's too facile to call the Black Keys counterparts of the White Stripes: they share several surface similarities -- their names are color-coded, they hail from the Midwest, they're guitar-and-drum blues-rock duos -- but the Black Keys are their own distinct thing, a tougher, rougher rock band with a purist streak that never surfaced in the Stripes. But that's not to say that the Black Keys are blues traditionalists: even on their 2002 debut, The Big Come Up, they covered the Beatles' psychedelic...
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